History, architecture, and culture - this is a crash course in New Orleans history. The goal is to both entertain and inform you with an intriguing look at the history of New Orleans. You will be provided with answers to questions like: Why build a city in a swamp? Why do they call it a poboy? Was there really a streetcar named Desire? This tour has plenty of fun facts and true stories to entertain even the veteran visitor to the city.
Follow your guide through three centuries of intriguing history'and creole culture. Your tour will begin with the city's founding at the statue of the founder, Jean Baptiste de le Moyne Sieur de Bienville. You then start your leisurely stroll through the Vieux Care' (Old Square), as the French Quarter is properly known.'Along the way, your guide will explain the different types of architecture and how it was adapted to the hot, humid climate. Bring your camera because there will be plenty of examples of'Creole cottages, townhouses, and shotgun houses. Many of them are adorned with elaborate cast or wrought iron balconies and galleries. As you make your way through the Quarter, you will visit'historical'and cultural landmarks. The tour will also travel through Jackson Square. Here, you can expect to hear about the buildings that surround it, including the St. Louis Cathedral. You will also learn about the square's namesake and the Battle of New Orleans. Your guide will also point out several locations used in movies such as Runaway Jury,'Double Jeopardy, and'NCIS: New Orleans.' The tour will end at Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop Tavern. Some of the historic landmarks you will visit are: Jackson Square and St. Louis Cathedral; Jean Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop Tavern; the First Pharmacy in the United States; Old Ursaline Convent, the oldest building in New Orleans; and Napoleon's House